RNS Morning Report: Pro-Modi Biden Staffer; Beyoncé Mass; Episcopal Diocese Precautionary Policies

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit on March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Need to know: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Association Accusations

Biden faces backlash over pro-Modi staffer’s close Hindu nationalist ties

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is facing growing pressure from civil rights advocates over the campaign’s choice of Muslim outreach coordinator. More from Religion News Service

Womanist Worship Service

Beyoncé Mass replaces hymns with ‘Survivor’ and ‘Flaws and All’

The Rev. Yolanda Norton, creator of Beyoncé Mass, said ‘this is not your grandma’s church,’ as she wore a 'Won’t SHE do it?!' T-shirt on the Kennedy Center stage. More from Religion News Service

Precautions Implemented

Episcopal diocese suspends Communion wine, drains baptismal fonts due to coronavirus

‘We’re to be good citizens, and we’re to be good neighbors,’ said the Rev. Mariann Budde, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, who distributed a letter outlining new diocesanwide policies meant to curb the spread of the disease. More from Religion News Service

Subdued Atomosphere

Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest, but some improvise

Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, but some celebrations in Israel and hard-hit parts of the United States are being scaled back or canceled due to the coronavirus threat. More from Religion News Service

Religion Remixed

Does giving up social media for Lent deny the flesh? It’s complicated

If abstention from Instagram or Twitter is going to be more than a 'digital detox,' we need a new and better vocabulary to discuss the characteristic sins of 2020, writes Tara Isabella Burton. More from Religion News Service

Gatherings Restricted

Catholic Italy adapts to religion in a time of coronavirus

Overwhelmingly Catholic Italy is adapting to religion in a time of coronavirus after a clampdown across the entire country was imposed to slow Europe’s worst outbreak. More from Reuters